A graphic that says 'leaf vacuum program ends.'

As of Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, the leaf vacuum program has ceased operating so crews can begin the process of winterizing and converting trucks for snow removal.

Be sure to sign up to receive snow alerts via text and email at icgov.org/e-subscriptions. For details about snow operations, visit icgov.org/snow. To learn more about the Iowa City Leaf Vacuum Program, visit icgov.org/leafvacuum.

If you have leaves remaining following the leaf vacuum program, there are multiple things you can do with them.

Organics cart and paper bags

Yard waste is collected year-round thanks to our yellow-lid organics carts, and paper yard waste bags. If you have leaves left over, you can simply fill your organics cart with them, and put any remaining in paper yard waste bags. 

Like all City curbside collection carts, organics carts with leaves should be able to totally shut for collection. Paper yard waste bags should also weigh less than 50 pounds. Organics will be collected on your normal curbside pickup day. 

Mulch leaves and use them in your lawn and garden

Using a lawnmower, you can mulch your leaves and spread them throughout your lawn or place in your garden. Mulching leads to leaf material being decomposed into plant-usable organic matter, which can lead to a healthier lawn and garden! 

Haul leaves to Landfill

If you have a lot of leaves left, and mulching is not an option, leaves can be hauled to the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center. Leaves will be used in the compost facility. The Landfill is open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 

To learn more, watch our video about all the services available at the Landfill.  

Date of publication

Monday, December 06, 2021